It's amazing. After thousands of years of human existence, we still have so many firsts. The most shocking human first of this year? For the first time in human history, someone said "I hate winning, I think I'll move to Corvallis." Congratulations on hiring Gary Andersen, Beaver fans, it's far, far better than I thought you would do.
Onto the Quack:
- The GTF strike at Oregon is over, with the sides settling on a deal in mediation yesterday. It was always a non-issue, but everyone is safe to ignore the alarmist who feared (or maybe hoped) that it would keep Oregon from playing in the Rose Bowl.
- Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu are hanging out at the College Football Awards in Orlando. Ifo has to fly back to Eugene to take a final on Friday, but Mariota will take a little jaunt up the Atlantic to collect a nice piece of hardware before his return flight.
- In case you missed it, and judging on how they're playing, you probably did, the Oregon basketball team lost at home to Ole Miss on Sunday. But that wasn't the story. Two Duck players, Jordan Bell and Dwayne Benjamin, did a 'hands up' demonstration during the national anthem to protest non-indictments of fatal police encounters in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. Dana Altman said in the Oregonian that a basketball game "wasn't the time or place" for such a demonstration. I vehemently disagree. We need to have more conversations about these issues in society. Bell and Benjamin weren't disrespectful or confrontational. If their actions served to spur any conversations amongst the crowd, then good on them.
- The Ducks and Seminoles are giving each other warm fuzzies at the college football awards.
- JC cornerback Maurice Chandler is visiting Oregon this weekend.
- You should look at this really cool map of each team in the college football playoff's roster. Look at Oregon's national reach.